Snap Out of It! (Emotional Balance)
Discusses why an achievement-conscious boy becomes emotionally upset when he fails to get an expected 'A' in a history course. Shows how a principal helps him learn to cope with disappointments.
Ken Smith sez: Weird "Mr. Edmunds" recoups his principal-as-psychologist role he performed so adroitly in Act Your Age (school principals in Coronet films never seem to have secretaries or any work).
This film follows the frustrations of confused teen Howard Patterson, who won't show his report card to his parents because he "should've gotten" an A in social studies. "Sometimes we expect great things," Mr. Edmunds reflects, leaning back in his chair as Howard looks on. "And when we're severely disappointed, we become emotionally upset." Mr. Edmunds counsels Howard against "expecting too much" and tells him to keep his emotions "in balance." "If your emotions are in balance, you channel your emotional energy into a direct attack on your problem!" Howard promises to lower his expectations and be more balanced, and another member of the Silent Generation leaves a Coronet film to paint the world gray.
Look for the scene where a double-exposure dream image is superimposed next to a girl who hasn't yet learned to lower her expectations.
Howard Patterson does not bring his report card back to school because he is disappointed that he did not receive an "A" in his history class. He is sent to Mr. Edmonds' office, who gives him advice on keeping his emotions in balance, so that he can continue striving for goals without expecting to always achieve them.
Close-up of a handwritten report card
Teen-age guy constructing a lamp in a wood shop and becoming upset
Teen-age girl singing in front of a grand piano, with a double exposure of same girl in costume, singing
Teen-age boys playing basketball
conformity HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TEENAGERS GUIDANCE PSYCHOLOGY COUNSELING EMOTIONAL MATURITY EMOTIONS DISAPPOINTMENT
Danger Lurks Safety
- Closed captioning
- United States
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Subject: Mr Edmunds' "Emotional balance"
What I really would like to have seen would have been the response of Mr Edmunds to his own "severe disapointment" if Howard had failed to bring back his signed report card as "expected" after the last warning. I think we would have got a good dose of "emotional balance" on that one. But I guess I'll have to deal with my own disappointment there. With this movie as a guide I think I can cope.
p.s. loved the shop rage scene.
Subject: Emotions in balance
deal with emotional disappointments. Well acted, directed, and written.
Subject: Best Dad Award
That dad should get a medal! Anyway, it was a great little movie. Not better than boys beware, but still good! x
Subject: Beware of Principals in sparsely decorated offices.
Subject: Emotions in Motion